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Baseball history unpacked, December 19

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Today we feature financial skullduggery and other such fare, just the thing to open Holiday week.

Happy birthday, Taylor Gushue!
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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Tony Taylor, Rob Gardner, Geoff Zahn, Rafael Soriano, Taylor Gushue*. Also notable: Al Kaline HOF.

Today in history:

  • 324 - Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor.
  • 1154 - Henry II crowned King of England.
  • 1487 Opening ceremony of the sixth Great Temple of Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City) 4,000 prisoners of war are sacrificed to Aztec gods over four days [1].
  • 1843 - ”A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is published.
  • 1948 - National Football League Championship, Shibe Park, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles shut out Chicago Cardinals, 7-0 in a snowstorm, ‘The Philly Blizzard.’
  • 1958 - First radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message “to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere.”

Common sources:


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